When he said, “Ten years from now, we’ll still be on top” on one of hottest single releases, “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems,” from a then-burgeoning label, the listening audience was torn. Should they buy into the propaganda spurred by the consistent stream of gold and platinum pipeline artists being unleashed on the public? Or should they reluctantly, yet patiently, ride out the wave of popularity that was sure to come—for their sakes sooner than later?

Unfortunately for those waving the flag of the latter, the artist/producer then known as Puff Daddy was wrong—way wrong. He doubled up on the 10-year promise. Two-plus decades later, the Bad Boy Records brand is still synonymous with quality music, especially if dancing is your agenda. That message seemed to be the pervasive one, at least according to the capacity crowd that filed into the Grand Theater at the Foxwoods Resorts and Casino Saturday Aug. 22 for the Reunion 2 tour (and just as important, 90 percent of that crowd stayed until the show was completely over).

Having the distinction and misfortune of setting the table for the night was Mario Winans. Although his connection and contribution to the label were in question to a majority of the audience who were on time or were sprinkling in late, by the time he left the stage, they were convinced he was a talent worthy of his roster spot.

Total ramped things up a little more, but enthusiasm was doused for attendees as the trio that they grew to love, Kima Raynor, Pamela Long and Keisha Spivey, were now a duo, as Keisha has yet to give any inkling that she will take the stage again. After the first note of “Can’t You See,” however, things were back in order. It also sent a subliminal message: Despite the physical void, the show must go on.

See, aside from the absence of Keisha, it was the first time that the absence of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace was musically addressed. Since he dropped his single “Juicy” and the follow-up album “Ready to Die,” Big was firmly entrenched as the label’s flagship artist. As such, subsequent artists breaking from the label would feature a scene-stealing verse from Biggie. How can that be overcome? The headliners for the night had the answer. Quinnes “Q” Parker, Daron Jones, Marvin “Slim” Scandrick, Michael Keith, four young men hailing from Atlanta, are collectively known as 112. For the most part, their introduction to the public came via the “Only You” remix, featuring not only a fire verse from Big but also Mase coming through with heat as well.

That introduction could’ve easily put the group in one-hit wonder territory, but their self-titled debut project established the group as a powerhouse unit in their own right, capable of producing a catalog worth of solid material and arguably the most consistent artist on the roster, boasting three platinum albums, with two (“112” and “Room 112”) going double platinum.

Aug. 27 marks the 19-year anniversary of their debut release, and judging by the reactions to the live performance of material from that project, particularly “Cupid,” “Now That We’re Done” and of course “Only You,” they actually returned the favor with a solid performance of their own, on a B.I.G. record called “Sky’s the Limit.” Those songs, coupled with hits from their three additional works, such as “Anywhere,” “It’s Over Now,” “Dance With Me” and “Peaches & Cream,” made their time seem short. Seems as if they had a few more cards to play, but they nonetheless served notice that they were a force in the R&B genre.

Having said that, however, the performance of the night goes to Jada, Sheek and Styles: the LOX. Unlike the other groups on the card, the LOX became more popular with their departure from Bad Boy. Undoubtedly their biggest selling record, “It’s All About the Benjamins,” came during their Bad Boy tenure, but their legacy records, both individually and as a unit, “Wild Out,” “We Gonna Make It,” “I Get High,” “We Are D-Block” and “Knock Yourself Out,” were well after they were out from under the label’s banner. And those titles represented the LOX just as the streets imagined. They were the relentless and no-nonsense group on stage and off, just as their music suggests. That’s keeping it 100!

Over and out. Holla next week. Until then, enjoy the nightlife.